The Chamber Foundation brings members together to foster long-term growth and a brighter future for our region, by investing back into our business community.
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“I am very thankful that I was able to go through the application process for the Chamber Foundation Scholarship. The application questions really helped me to realize the great community we have and all the ways it supports us as young adults. During the interview process, I could tell that the interviewers cared about what I had to say. They were very interested in who I was and what I wanted for my future.
Receiving this scholarship has helped me continue my education at the University of Illinois as a Computer Engineer where I have been able to get involved in clubs and organizations that have similar ideals to the Effingham County Chamber of Commerce. I am currently involved in a consulting club that helps local and regional nonprofits strengthen their inner functions and outreach. Teaming up with organizations to help them get the most out of their operations fits very well into the mission of the Chamber. I would highly recommend applying for this scholarship opportunity!”
2019 Scholarship Recipient
The Chamber Community Scholarship Program provides $1,000 continuing education scholarships to area high school seniors and adults who are starting/continuing their secondary education. New in 2021 was the Jack Graham Scholarship for those going into healthcare, childcare, or a vocational trade.
The scholarship program is a members-only benefit with scholarships offered solely to Chamber members (in good standing), their employees, and their families.
In 2020, 10 scholarships totaling $10,000 were awarded thanks to the generosity of our sponsors. Over the last 21 years, the Chamber Community Scholarship Program has awarded $222,000 in scholarships to 189 recipients. The number of scholarships given is based on the amount of sponsorship contributions received.
Thank you to all who applied. Recipients moving on to next steps will be contacted for interviews and announced at a later date.
To become a 2022 sponsor contact:
Effingham County Business Strong Small Business Assistance Fund was established by the Chamber Foundation to provide timely and meaningful financial resources to businesses significantly impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.
The fund is intended to provide a bridge, a lifeline to assist with the long-term sustainability of the businesses applying for and receiving funding. The Fund is administered by the Chamber Foundation.
“The Chamber Foundation is dedicated to supporting local businesses, and the small business grant program is focused on providing a helping hand to Effingham based businesses financially impacted by the pandemic.”
Dr. Josh Bullock
Foundation Board President
Contact us if you would like to donate to the Business Strong Fund, or apply for assistance.contact us